LTFRB junks Uber appeal to lift suspension

LTFRB junks Uber appeal to lift suspension

Uber has backed down in its confrontation with regulators in the Philippines, once again agreeing to suspend its service in Manila for a month as ordered.

A top Uber official has apologised to the Philippines' transport regulator and vowed to respect its authority following a temporary ban on its services in the country.

"If there was a misunderstanding on our part relative to the LTFRB's intention with their prior order, then that was our mistake", Uber regional executive Mike Brown told the press.

LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada, however, said Arcade had not formally applied to operate in the Philippines. This episode in the saga didn't last long either.

Grab said it has "adjusted" its prices to include a cap on surge fees in order to manage what is likely to be a lot more demand.

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A five-page suspension order of the regulator made available on Tuesday said it was due to the "irresponsible" behavior of Uber in "unduly challenging the limit of fair regulation" by continuing to accept driver applications.

Following the suspension of operations of Uber Systems, Inc., Grab Philippines has chose to lower its price cap on fare surges, citing increased demand for its services.

The dispute is Uber's latest hurdle in Asia, where it also faced a two-month in hiatus in Taiwan this year.

Transport network company (TNC) Uber has apologized to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

"Operating more than 50,000 colorum vehicles sets a unsafe precedent, and if not stopped would wreck [sic] havoc to the country's transport plans and programs, specifically the Modernization Program, which aims to enhance transport service and uplift the lives of transport workers", it said.

"If there's been a misunderstanding in the past, that's on us and I apologise for that misunderstanding", said Michael Brown.

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LTFRB on Monday suspended operations of Uber.

She said Uber has pledged to compensate its drivers and pay a fine.

The senator expressed hope that the LTFRB can propose a new framework to institutionalize changes to improve transportation in the country.

The suspension yesterday led to an outpouring of anger by Filipinos on social media.

"The world over we need more people in less cars, simple as that", co-founder Chris Megan said in an e-mail.

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